AO-57901 1/700 IJN Destroyer Shiranui
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Shiranui was the second of the Kagero class destroyers and was commissioned in December 1939. During WW2 she served as an escort for the Japanese Carrier Striking force that raided Pearl Harbour. She then escorted the carriers Shokaku and Zuikaku, covering landings in the likes of Rabaul and the raids or Darwin, before re-uniting with the Carrier striking force for the Indian Ocean raid.
She was torpedoed and damaged off Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands in June 42 and during repairs, her 2nd main turret was removed and her light AA guns increased in number. She was then used for convoy escort duty and the IJN 5th fleet in Northern waters. She took part in the Leyte Gulf operation in October 44 as part of Admiral Nishimura's ill fated force, in the Surigao Strait part of the operation. She survived the battle but was sunk several days later in the battle aftermath, by dive bombers from USS Enterprise.This is a reboxing with new parts of Aoshima's 2004 tool kit of Kagero. It depicts Shiranui in her later war fit with reduced main armament and increased light AA. The kit looks nice and neat and a vast improvement over the original 1970's Japanese Destroyer kits.